Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Doing First things First (DFTF)

Here is a piece of management lesson that, I am planning to implement in my life. I hope to see the positive results soon.

I am most popularly known as Mr. Multi-tasking by most of my friends and family members, the reason being that, I love to do more than 1 task at the same time. (Ex: I joined both M.Tech n MBA same time with just 6 months difference)

Problem description:
The main problem in this multi tasking business is you end up doing less important work first than the most important ones. Very often we fail to prioritize the tasks and end up doing things that are less important than doing the more important ones. (I never say multi tasking is bad instead it is good if you know to prioritize things)

Proposed solution:
Here are the ways to solve the problem described above:
1. Always make a list of projects you want to accomplish (Short term, long term and mid term). Now assign points to each project on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being most important project and 10 being least important) based on the scores take up the project.
NOTE: People like me who are ok with multi tasking can do the two most important projects first followed by the next most important projects, else you can do one things at a time.
2. It is always good to attach deadlines to the projects (It will keep you focused and has little positive pressure which is always good)
3. Make sure every single task you do is in line with your goal (i.e. every simple thing you do should take you near to your goal)

If you are planning to implement the same then do let me know about the results.